Philadelphia declares Heat Health Emergency for Monday, Tuesday

Meteorologist Brittany Boyer says it will feel hotter than 100 degrees the next two afternoons.

Monday, August 8, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia health officials have issued a Heat Health Emergency for Monday and Tuesday.

Action News Meteorologist Brittany Boyer says it will feel hotter than 100 degrees the next two afternoons.

The designation begins at 12 p.m. Monday and is scheduled to end at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

A declaration of a Heat Health Emergency activates the city's emergency heat programs, which include the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline, cooling centers and home visits by special field teams.

The PCA Heatline at 215-765-9040 will be open between 12 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Monday and will run from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

"The Health Department declares a Heat Health Emergency when the temperature gets high enough that vulnerable people - especially our elderly neighbors and family members - are at an increased risk of getting sick or dying from the heat," said Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole.

People who do not have air conditioning are advised to seek relief from the heat by visiting friends or relatives who have air conditioning. The City will be opening a variety of alternate cooling sites that will be available for use by all Philadelphia residents looking to escape the heat.

Cooling Centers


These libraries will operate with extended hours on Monday and Tuesday:

Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library

125 South 52nd Street


Open until 7 p.m.

Joseph E. Coleman Regional Library

68 West Chelten Avenue


Open until 7 p.m.

Blanche A. Nixon Cobbs Creek Library

5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway


Open until 8 p.m.

Fox Chase Library

501 Rhawn Street


Open until 8 p.m.

Frankford Library

4634 Frankford Avenue


Open until 7 p.m.

Fumo Family Library

2437 South Broad Street


Open until 7 p.m.

Haddington Library (meeting room only)

446 North 65th Street


Open until 7 p.m.

Lillian Marrero Library (meeting room only)

601 West Lehigh Avenue


Open until 7 p.m.

Logan Library

1333 Wagner Avenue


Open until 7 p.m.

Oak Lane Library

6614 North 12th Street


Open until 7 p.m.

Widener Library

2808 West Lehigh Avenue


Open until 7 p.m.

Cooling Buses

The City of Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA to station cooling buses with air conditioning that are available to the public at the following intersections:

- Germantown Avenue and Allegheny Avenue

- Wyoming Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue

- Broad Street and Snyder Avenue

- 70th Street and Woodland Avenue

Buses will be available to the public between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Masks, hand sanitizer, water, and information about heat safety and utility assistance programs will be available on the buses. Press will NOT be given access inside of cooling buses, to allow residents to cool off in a private space.

Pools and Spraygrounds

Residents are also encouraged to visit any of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's spraygrounds and pools. Pools will be offering free swim during open hours for the duration of the Heat Health Emergency.

Residents can find all of the identified Cooling Centers, as well as spraygrounds, on this map or by calling 311.

Older Adult Centers

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's older adult centers will be open. Older Adult Centers all have air conditioning and are open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Utility Shutoffs

Philadelphia Water Department shutoffs are suspended during a Heat Health Emergency. Shutoffs for non-payment will resume after the Heat Health Emergency ends.

Outreach and shelter for homeless individuals

The Office of Homeless Services also declared a Code Red that began Thursday, August 4, 2022 and will take proactive measures to protect Philadelphians who are experiencing homelessness. Call the outreach team at (215) 232-1984 if you see someone on the street who needs shelter or other homeless services. Call 911 if there is a medical emergency.